Staffordshire Bull Terrier Information

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(English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffie, Staffy, Stafford, Staffordshire) The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a large, strong dog.  Its round head leads to a wide, yet short, neck. The breed’s short, square muzzle moves into strong powerful jaws. The dogs have small, round shaped eyes. At the top of their head sits small, slightly folded over ears which sit back on their head. Wrinkles appear frequently on their foreheads. A wide muscular body has short muscular legs. Their coat is short and sleek and can come in blue, fawn, black, or brindle usually with spots of white.

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium sized well muscled dog.

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a powerful and stubborn breed. All people are greeted affectionately by these dogs, even strangers. They do great with children and do well with other pets. However, they can often be aggressive with dogs with whom they are not familiar. They are strong willed and independent but are highly intelligent.  The breeds take to any training with great ease by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They are dominant and need an owner who will take the lead. If not, they will become very disobedient.

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13-16 inches
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23-38 pounds
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General Health

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has very few health concerns.  What genetic diseases they do have are seen only on occasion, such as CHD (canine hip dysplasia) and cataracts.  The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has an average life expectancy of 10 to 16 years.

Despite few health problems, it is always smart to get dogs from breeders that health test for skin and eye problems.

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers originated in the 19th century in Staffordshire, England.  The breed began when breeders began mixing bulldogs and terriers to create the perfect dog for bull baiting.  As people lost interest in bull baiting, the breed started becoming less common.  In the early 20th century, however, Staffordshire Bull Terriers became popular again in the United States.

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers are an easy breed to groom. Brushing is needed every day, but baths are only required when they are dirty. Exercise is essential to a happy and healthy Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They will be active in the house but still need other opportunities to release pent up energy. Playing games with their family and running off leash both release a lot of energy for the breed. They socialize well with other dogs as long as the other animals show no aggression, in such circumstances it is advisable to keep the dog on leash. When they are puppies, they are heavy chewers which poses a problem because their immense jaw strength require extremely durable toys.

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Ideal Environment

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a good dog for some families. Children, as well as strangers, will receive plenty of love from this breed. They do well with animals they live with. However, they are often aggressive with unfamiliar dogs. Apartment living is easily possible as long as they still get plenty of exercise. Playing in the house and running are their main forms of entertainment. The breed definitely should be exercised every day. Training is needed and should be started at a young age, but Staffordshire Bull Terriers take to training quickly. They need an owner who is firm and consistent. If their owners are weak, these dogs will be defiant and dominate the house. An experienced owner is the key to successfully owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers love to have a job such as pulling weights, carrying weights or agility training. A tired Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a well behaved Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

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I have two staffy' is pure white and constantly "crys" my other staffy has a white face but hardly ever does? does anyone out there share the same problem? or have any idea what this is?

I also halve a Staffy her name's Security LOL she sure does protect me and when she was a pup she cried. try to put doggy eye drops to stop any irritations or and be carefull with Shampoo!!!!!


how long does it take for staffs to have puppies, and how quickly do they get milk

63 days


hi i have a female staffy who is very preganat dont know when she got with male staffy just started getting heaps of milk pupies moving full on can you tell me if you know how many week preg she is and when pups will come thanks

the female staffy with the milk shouldnt be very far at all if she starts digging and stayiing in one area you can count on her birthing there she will nest hope this helps if its her first litter keep an eye on her cause they sometimes have problems but not always.enjoy the little bundles of joy


my 6month old male seems to be molting & has an odor can someone plz tell me what maybe causing this?


we have just got a staffordshire bull terrier she is three years oldcan not fault her one bit but she canit get on with cats is there any thing i can do to change she was a rescue dog and needed a home so i gave her one becaueshe worth it my connie thanks

hi I adopted an out door staffie uhh 104 pounds of solid muscel and HE too, hated my cat.So here is what I did i would take my cats blanket and lay it with Zeus ( that is what his name was when we got him sooooo we kept it ughhh) then I kept a collar on him eventualy instead of wanting to physically kill Spanky he just wanted to scare him to death.SOOOO I did the last thing I bought a shock collar (I dont believe in them BUT Zeus had no training what so ever and I am not a dog trainer I did what I thought was the last straw. I put it on low low and when ever he would lunge I would hit the button all it did was make him stop and look around . I have found the more audible sounds I make ummmm yelling to startle him the worse he responded so the zapper worked after 2 times hopes it works worked against eating the metal fence to escape also....well for about two years and he escaped the other day soooo back top the drawing board. Keep in mind very very low on the zap.........if it didnt hurt me I didnt think it would hurt my animal and LOL I was right


My Staffordshire Bull Terrier is nearly 7months old but is very small, can anyone tell me the average weight of a pup that old he is currently 8kg. Vet seems to think he may be younger than he is but the RSPCA I got him from even had his date of birth, his brothers that were rehomed throught neglect too are twice his size yet the same age. I have had him a week. Should i be worried about how small he is?

You shouldn't be worried...especially if he was the smallest one in the litter. But be sure to feed him the right foods (natural, not commercial), and make sure he doesn't have worms (that can stunt growth). Some staffords are only 22 or 23pounds, and most dogs that are healthy fill out 5-6pounds between 12months and 2years. He should be fine.


Hi have a staffie who is just over a year old and well trained. Some one told me that they were used for hurding cattle. I am unsure if this is correct. I have started training her to round up my horses which is going ok and want to progress on to sheep (sounds mad but she is great and loves working) do know of any one who has done this type of training before that could give me a few tips. She is great with all livestock and pets.


I just taken in a staffie from my husbands co worker. I have read many things about the breed my concern is his relation to the pit bull and the aggressiveness of this breed should I be concerned?

If you read up on the Pit Bull Terrier, you'll see they and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are aike in that they are energetic which is often mistaken for agression. They require good training or will try to test your dominance but when trained well make loyal pets and are quite friendly.


What is the Average size for a male staffordshire bull terrier? and for a female? And what is there average height? and is it possible to out grow there average height?

yes they do out grow the average size mine is 8 months and is 18 inches and 42 pounds allready i have a male


I was thinking of getting a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, but two things really concern me. #1 there is a dog park near my placer where people take their dogs to play and whatnot; will the Staffordshire attack or hurt the other dogs? #2 I live in Miami where it can get really hot; how dangerous is the heat for this breed?

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